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Earnest "Ray", age 77, a resident of Totowa since 1986, passed away on October 2, 2013 surrounded by his family. Ray was born in Camden, NJ on July 4, 1936.
He proudly served his country as a member of the US Marine Corps from 1953-1956. He later served as past Post Commander for the American Legion Post #227 in Totowa where he was an active member for many years. Ray owned and operated Lincoln Automotive in Paterson, NJ. Upon closing his business, he was operations manager for Super Speed in Totowa, NJ. For the last 10 years, he worked for the town of Totowa driving "his seniors" on day-to-day errands. Ray was the beloved husband of Nancy (nee Padula) for 38 years. He was the loving father of Stephanie McCarty and her husband Shannon, David Reed, Kim Impellizeri and her husband Larry of South Carolina, and Cheryl Worley and her husband Terence of South Carolina. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, his brother Howard Reed and his wife Gail of Delanco, NJ, and many nieces and nephews. Ray will be deeply missed by his loving companions Riley, Cliffy, Jake, and Bailey. All services are private by the request of the family. Memorial donations in Ray's name may be sent to S.T.A.R.T., Save The Animals Rescue Team, PO Box 1098, Little Falls, NJ 07424. Arrangements by Santangelo Funeral Home, Woodland Park, NJ. Online obituary and more at www.santangelofuneral.com
Published in The Record/Herald News on Oct. 6, 2013